fusillade

noun fu·sil·lade \ ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd , -ˌlād , ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd , -ˈlād , -zə- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of fusillade

1 a : a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession
b : something that gives the effect of a fusillade
  • a fusillade of rocks and bottles
2 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism

Examples of fusillade in a Sentence

  1. A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard.

  2. responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial

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Origin and Etymology of fusillade

borrowed from French, from fusiller "to shoot with a musket volley" (from fusil 2fusil + -iller, causative prefix, going back to Latin -iculāre, derivative of -iculum, instrumental and diminutive suffix) + -ade -ade


FUSILLADE Defined for English Language Learners

fusillade

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Definition of fusillade for English Language Learners

  • : a large number of shots that are fired very quickly



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